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Team teaching - a pedagogical technique that shifts the role of instruction from the individual to a team - provides students with the opportunity to take a more active role in learning. Author Francis J. Buckley explains how and why team teaching works and provides a comprehensive review of research material with practical applications. The book covers the nature, purpose, types, history, and evaluation of team teaching, as well as the resources needed and the roles of teachers, students, and administrators. The author compares this teaching approach with traditional methods seeking to strengthen its appeal to initiates. Team Teaching: What, Why, and How is the fruit of 30 years of team teaching in graduate school, religious education, sociology, psychology, and elementary school.

Why Team Teach?
Why team teach?

The rationale for single-teacher, single-subject classes in self-contained classrooms has been based on several misconceptions:

  • Students all learn at the same rate. This was never true. It is even more obviously untrue with the increase of nontraditional students. Older students learn differently. So do students ranging across a broad spectrum of cultural backgrounds and intellectual abilities.
  • The same curricular content is appropriate for all students. True, all students must be liberated from certain misconceptions that are common to different cultures. But this can be done in many ways. Besides, student interests differ because of background, personality, and future career plans. College education consists of more than providing information. It aims at forming values, character, habits, and skills as well. These are best ...
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